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It is with great delight that Croxley Green Parish Council announces that they have been the recipients of a commendation from the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) for their work in creating a bird-box trail for the village.
The trail, which was installed in Croxley Green at the beginning of the year, houses 45 bird-boxes across all areas of the village. Residents are able to pick up leaflets outlining the locations of the boxes which also contain information relating to the species of trees on which the boxes were installed.
Representative from Croxley Green Parish Council, Ryan Bennett, commented “we are grateful to the CPRE for seeing the value of this project and the commendation illustrates the fine work being undertaken by your Parish Council who continue to work hard every day to improve our rural environment”.
The trail was the brainchild of former councillor David Wynne-Jones whom championed the project from its inception and sadly passed away in July this year. In tribute to David the trail will be renamed the Wynne-Jones Bird-Box Trail in recognition of the hard work he put in to getting this project off the ground.
The CPRE expressed that the project “is a fantastic example of a Parish Council being great stewards of the environment”.
Hertfordshire County Council Chairman Richard Thake was on hand to present the commendation to the Council at the County Hall in Hertford.
You can pick up copies of the Wynne-Jones Bird-Box Trail leaflet from the Council office or alternatively download one from http://croxleygreen-pc.gov.uk/index.php/information/forms.
At the Council meeting on 28 September Trevor Collingwood was co-opted to the Parish Council. There were a number of other candidates who had put themselves forward to represent the residents and in the first round of voting Trevor Collingwood was appointed. Trevor will take up his position as Councillor at the next meeting of the Parish Council on Thursday 26 October.
It is with great delight that Croxley Green Parish Council announces the purchase of a 1.7 acre woodland site for all the residents of Croxley Green in perpetuity. The site forms the north-eastern part of Croxley Green’s second Village Green, otherwise known as Buddleia Walk, and has access points from Mill Lane via a bridle-way, from steps by Common Moor Lock and Footpath 11 which runs behind Frankland Road.
Parish Council Chairman, Mark Saxon, said, “I’m so happy that we have managed to secure this beautiful ancient piece of Croxley Green’s natural history for our residents. We have protected the site from potential development that we have seen so often recently in our village and the surrounding areas. When conducting research for our Community & Strategic Business Plans it was very clear that protecting the sites of nature in Croxley Green was by far the most important concern that residents had for the future of our village, and as such we are very pleased to complete the purchase of such a well-used piece of land”.
The woodland is to be called “Weston Wood” in recognition of the previous land owner and completion of the purchase occurred today, Friday 18 August for a purchase price of £26,000. This is the first significant piece of land that Croxley Green Parish Council will have ownership of in its 31 year history, as although the Parish Council maintain The Green and Stone’s Orchard, under contract from Three Rivers District Council who are the current land owners, the Parish Council also maintains other sites around the village. Senior Ranger, James Townley, commented, “I can’t wait to get working in there, the area contains some beautiful trees and I’m so looking forward to opening it up and making it accessible for everyone”.
The Parish Council became aware of the potential sale and with the current owner, Lilyanne Weston, accordingly negotiated the deal. As other buyers were also interested in the site it was necessary for the Council to discuss the purchase in Part 2 (confidential) sessions at meetings, at which the press and public are not able to attend. Parish Clerk, David Allison, commented that, “this was to make sure that the best possible deal was ‘Keeping Croxley Special’ page 2 of 2 achieved for the residents of Croxley Green and that no outside developers would have an advantage in any prospective sale”. As is commonplace with most Councils around the country, the Parish Council’s current policy is to secure land ownership within the area in which they operate where possible, and Croxley Green are rather an anomaly when you look at how much land neighbouring Parish Councils have control over.
A lovely and touching thanksgiving of the life and times of David Wynne-Jones was held today in All Saints Church, Croxley Green. Hundreds of friends and those who knew him were recounted with plenty of reminiscenes. He will be missed but celebrated by his wit, his convivial company, his passion for words, not least of all, his passion for Croxley Green.